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Grief management after a nurse’s death

Creating a workplace bereavement plan. Takeaways: When a nurse dies the team grieves. Developing a bereavement team and protocol will support the organization through the grieving process after a colleague dies. Providing adequate support during...

Understanding a Father’s Perspective of Perinatal Death

A new study from northeastern Colombia focuses on a matter that is often overlooked: What do fathers go through after experiencing a perinatal death? Because the mothers are given such a heavy focus after...
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Depression and chronic medical illness in adults

This dual diagnosis poses challenges for patients—and their nurses. Takeaways:  Adults with chronic medical illness have a high prevalence of co-morbid depression.  Depression often goes undiagnosed, leading to worsening health outcomes.  Nurses are in key...
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Suicide among nurses: What we don’t know might hurt us

Research, prevention programs, and open discussion are required to reduce nurse suicide. Takeaways: Suicide is a challenging concern for healthcare professionals. The lack of data related to suicide among nurses is a barrier to prevention. Suicide...

Insights from a pioneer in nurse wellness

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today All nursing innovation begins with a pioneer who champions a cause. Whether it’s infection control, patient safety, or new technology, someone lead the charge, advocated for change,...

Toolkit to screen for suicide risk

Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health’s Division of Intramural Research Programs recently developed a free Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) toolkit to help nurses and other healthcare professionals identify young people at risk...

Mindfulness reduces depression

Eight weeks of mindfulness training helped alleviate depression and reduce stress in African-American women with lower socioeconomic status, according to a study in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Read more and read the study abstract.

Genetic markers may identify patients with depression who will benefit from exercise

Specific genetic markers that put people at risk for depression also predict who might benefit from exercise, according to a study published the Journal of Frailty & Aging. Read more and access the study abstract.

Depression may be factor in gang membership

Youth who become involved in gangs have significantly higher levels of depression and report a substantively higher rate of suicidal thoughts and behaviors than comparison youth, according to a study in Criminal Justice and...

Some antidepressants may increase risk for bipolar disorders

Taking certain antidepressants (particularly serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, and venlafaxine) for unipolar depression may lead to a heightened risk of subsequent mania/bipolar disorder, according to a study in BMJ Open. Read more and read...

More than half of workers with depression don’t recognize need for treatment

More than half of workers who reported symptoms of depression did not perceive a need for treatment, according to a study in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Read more  and read the study...

Maternal depression during pregnancy may be factor in neonatal ICU admission

Greater duration of maternal depression before and during pregnancy is associated with an increase in admission of the newborn to the NICU and postpartum depression, according to a study in Nursing Research. Read more.

Long-term depression increases stroke risk

Persistent depression may double the risk of stroke in adults over 50, and stroke risk remains higher even after symptoms of depression go away, according to a study in the Journal of the American...